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updated: 4/23/2014 10:50 AM

Hoffman Estates sees plan for 135 homes

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Hoffman Estates officials this week reviewed plans for the largest new residential subdivision the village has seen in several years.

Naperville-based M/I Homes presented a conceptual site plan for 59 single-family homes and 76 row house units in 14 buildings on the 37-acre Bergman Farm property, at the northwest corner of Algonquin and Ela roads.

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Mayor Bill McLeod said he and village trustees have concerns about the density of the row houses, the possibility of two homeowner associations within the same subdivision, and the developer's preference for internal roads to remain private.

Residents from both Hoffman Estates and neighboring Inverness at Monday's village board meeting shared concerns about traffic and drainage impacts, as well as a general dislike of row houses, Village Manager Jim Norris said.

Village officials encouraged M/I Homes representatives to meet with neighbors before taking their plans to the next stage.

Both access roads to the subdivision would be along Ela Road, while the row house buildings would be situated along Algonquin Road. Plans show a park with a playground at the corner of the intersection.

Current plans anticipate keeping the Bergman farmhouse on the edge of the park while its historical status is being investigated. If it remains, the village could consider some type of public use for the farmhouse.

Though the property was annexed by Hoffman Estates in 1962, it has remained a working farm -- only recently coming under contract for possible development by M/I Homes.

The single-family homes would be built along both sides of a ring road through the northern three-quarters of the property. A naturalized area for water detention would be built at the very center, behind the homes on the inner side of the ring road.

The single-family homes would range from 2,400 to 3,700 square feet, on lots with a minimum 9,425 square feet, or a little more than two-tenths of an acre. Prices are expected to range from the $400,000s to the mid-$500,000s.

The row house units would range from 1,900 to 2,100 square feet, with three distinct floor plans. Prices would be in the $300,000s.

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